Daily Devotional for Saturday November 9, 2013
(Psalms 91:15; Psalms 89:1)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, if a person you thought was your friend and you found out they had been using you the whole time to get to another person, and after they achieved that goal they made it clear they didn't need you anymore. Is it wrong to now stay away from that person and just pray for them?
ANSWER: Not at all! As a matter of fact, they NEED your prayers if they are using people like that. We are instructed to pray for those who hurt us, who abuse us in various ways. That does NOT mean, that we have to continue to have a personal relationship with that person. For someone like that, forgive them, pray for them, and move on. At some point if they come to you and ask your forgiveness and want to be friends again, it is something you should pray about and get peace over before getting involved again.
One of the joys in my life is to look over some of the thousands of incredible praise reports we receive every day here at Liveprayer. Real people that had emailed us to pray about real issues in their life. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to stand in agreement with people for the needs they face during the course of their journey through life. I am always moved to see God's grace and mercy at work in the lives of people as He answers their prayers.
Several times each year, I like to share a sampling of those praise reports with you. I do this because so many of you are facing great obstacles in your life today, and need to know God is there. The Bible proclaims that God is no respecter of persons. That simply means what God has done for someone else, He will do for you. So I want you to know today that no matter what your need is, what your problem is, what the battle you are fighting may be, God not only hears your prayers, BUT HE ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS!
Also, so many of you pray and sacrificially give to the work God is doing here at Liveprayer. I want to encourage you today as well, that your prayers, and your gifts to this work are not in vain. What we do each and every day for over 2.4 million people all over the world is only possible because you care, you pray, and you give. Let these praise reports be an encouragement to you that God is using you to make a difference in the lives of people. God is using your obedience, your faithfulness to reach those who are lost and hurting with His love and hope. May God use these praise reports today to be a blessing to you!
"Brother Keller, Recently I asked you to pray for Dillan who was abducted by his dad. His grandfather let me know that he drove to Ohio to pick Dillan up. Praise God. and Jesus. His grandfather extends his thanks to you."
"Dear Bill, I prayed with you and am responding for information that will assist me in my new life in Christ."
"The things you have written re: the "Christian trough" have really spurred me on to more of a reaching out to the lost mindset. Praise God! Last night my husband and I attended a Christian concert held at a local church. We paid $12 to get in. The musician was well known. But when they gave an invitation to receive Christ, not one accepted. It was nearly an all Christian crowd by the looks of things. I felt this grieving in my heart. I know the musicians have to make a living, and that it is fine for Christians to gather and have a time of praise and just enjoy a night out, but I couldn't help thinking this guy could use his talent out on the streets too."
"That TV program you did on strip clubs made it easy for me to resist temptation for me to go to them."
"I sent an email to LivePrayer.com for healing. I was so very sick with fever and chills. My body was so weak that I could hardly walk. I was healed and I am so very grateful for Gods mercy and love for doing this for me. I want to express more praise because I am so thankful but do not know what to say other than thank you and Praise God."
"Hello Bill, I just watched your TV program for the first time and I want to congratulate you. You did not back down from the Truth no matter how difficult it may have been for people to hear. How refreshing in this day of watered down preaching! Thank you for telling the truth. You gave my husband and I so much hope and so much strength, you just can't imagine. God Bless you Bill."
"Hello my name is Justin, and I just prayed that prayer. Your video asked me to send you an e-mail telling you so, and now I have. Thank you!"
"About a year ago, I contacted LivePrayer to request prayer for transportation, as I had no way of getting anywhere, depending solely on others. Just recently, I was gifted with a next to new SUV truck, that more than meets my needs and is above and beyond anything I could ask or think! I cannot thank you enough for holding me up in prayer on this. This vehicle has been dedicated to our God to be used for His glory! God Bless my LivePrayer family!"
"Praise the Lord! I had asked for prayer that my mother's house would be sold and it is. Praise the Lord and thank you for praying."
"GOD IS SO GOOD...........THE DOCTORS SAY THAT IS WAS INFECTION..........THE TUMOR THEY SAW ON THE CAT SCAN WAS JUST INFECTION.........I KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT GRACE WAS HEALED......THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS..........I GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY......"
"Hi Bill. I emailed you about 10 days ago in regards to my getting a job. I'm very happy to report that God opened the doors to a good job with a very sound company. Thank you for your prayers."
"I'm 72yrs old & this is the first time I've ever ask for prayer. I'm still not a saved person but if I could see that this prayer is answered could make a difference in my life also. My brother Robert has been sending your devotionals for about 2yrs.& I read them ever day. I also watch your TV program on the Internet & I really think you're a dedicated person."
"You have prayed on my behalf for at least 3 years and I THANK YOU. My prayers have been answered! My husband and I have been reconciled for 10 months and things could not be better. The devil still attempts to manifest, but IS ALREADY DEFEATED in JESUS NAME. Thank you so much for the many reassuring thoughts, and words, and mostly deeds of prayer without ceasing on my behalf."
"Praise God! My mortgage company dismissed its foreclosure action against me."
"Bill, since I first began receiving your Daily Devotional I have been delivered from pornography, self-gratification, addiction to sleeping pills, the dating of a married woman, and the harboring of unforgiveness in my life. Of course sin still dwells "in my flesh" but everyday thru the spirit I allow Jesus to express his life thru me more and more. I now believe I am able to have a Christ centered relationship with a woman. Would you please pray that God will bring her to me?"
"I just said the sinners prayer and would like the info you talked about."
I love you and care about you so much. May these praise reports encourage you today that no matter what your problem may be, God is there for you. Also, thanks to all of my dear friends that so faithfully pray for this ministry each day and sacrificially give to keep us here for so many lost and hurting people each day.
GOD IS GREATLY USING YOUR LIFE TO BRING HIS HOPE AND LOVE TO LOST AND HURTING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND OBEDIENCE!!!
All praise goes to our great God for His unconditional love for us and his endless grace and mercy. He is worthy to be praised!!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,